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Roy Keane takes blame for Ipswich Town run

Ipswich v Swansea

Ipswich 1-3 Swansea

Ipswich Town boss Roy Keane insists he is fully culpable for his side's poor run of form, which has seen them lose eight of their last 10 league games.

The Town boss watched his side lose 3-1 at home to Swansea on Saturday.

"As much as we can blame individual mistakes I'm ultimately the manager, I pick the team, I brought some of the players in," he told BBC Radio Suffolk.

"We can't keep making these excuses and there will be a point where we say 'enough is enough'."

Town's slump has seen them go from early season play-off contenders to four points above the Championship relegation zone.

And Keane, whose contract is up in the summer, has come under increasing pressure from supporters to turn around his side's fortunes.

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"Eight defeats out of 10 is unacceptable for a top club like Ipswich," he said.

"It doesn't matter if I have a week or 10 years left on my contract, I do look at my position every day.

"I thought the performance was pretty decent, so the word I'm going to use is frustrating more than anyone else."

Ipswich have been in freefall since early October, when a 2-1 home win over Leeds put them fifth in the table, but just six points from a possible 30 available has dragged them down to 17th and, according to Keane, a potential relegation battle.

"We're being sucked in," he said. "I still think I saw enough in the performance [against Swansea] and the attitude to think we're a decent team.

"It's no good me saying that when we keep losing matches.

"As the manager I take responsibility for it, but obviously we lost David Norris with a virus, Darren O'Dea's gone off with a hamstring, there was the penalty decision.

"Whatever decisions are going they're certainly not going our way but I'm one to say you've got to make your own luck."

The club will assess the hamstring injury picked up by on-loan Celtic defender O'Dea this week.



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see also
Keane relaxed over Town backing
30 Nov 10 |  Ipswich
Keane 'needs help', says Hamilton
30 Nov 10 |  Ipswich
Keane 'can turn around' Ipswich
29 Nov 10 |  Ipswich


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